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Oakville man, 18, faces Internet child exploitation charges
An 18-year-old Oakville man, arrested Thursday, Dec. 18, is facing numerous Internet child exploitation-related charges.
The charges stem from alleged incidents involving four young females, aged 12-13 years old, from Owen Sound, ON, and a 15-year-old female from Pennsylvania, U.S.
During the early morning hours of Dec. 18, members of the Halton Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) and the Owen Sound Police Service (OSPS) Criminal Investigation Branch, executed a search warrant at an Oakville residence, according to a news release from the OSPS.
The two services had joined forces earlier last week when it was discovered Halton police were investigating the same suspect as the OSPS. Halton officers were looking into the alleged Internet luring of a female in the U.S.
“I would again like to emphasize the importance of parents keeping open lines of communication with their children/teens regarding their online activities. Speak with your children, talk about the need for and set up ground rules for Internet use, involve them in that critical conversation and educate them on the danger of sexual predators using the Internet.” – Det. Sgt. Jeff Fluney, Owen Sound Police Service
According to the OSPS, the suspect is alleged to have used a fake identity on a social networking site and contacted the girls.
Once befriended, police said the females were asked to send nude photographs of themselves. If they followed his request, they were then told to send more or those already obtained would be sent out over the Internet. [READ FULL STORY]